piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
just arrived, 12oz bottle. smells like plums, alcohol, bitter hops. black, oily, nice deep tan head that settled to 1/2 after 1min, laced even my dirty tasting glass. oh baby. heavy, thick body, great roasted malts. sweet and toasty, tongue-coating. the hops are secondary, but (as with every other GL beer iíve been lucky enough to try) perfectly balanced. the lingering flavor is sweet burnt malt. excellent imperial stout.
presario (4522) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have to agree that only the alcohol is extreme. However as a high alcohol dry stout very enjoyable. Very dark with light foam. Aroma of charcoal and coffee with some chocolate underneath. Upfront bitterness and coffee. Increasing bitterness in the finish. Alcohol keeps a backseat through the proceedings. Could drink this all day (and then fall down).
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I apparently thought I had just grabbed a typical old stout out of my stash, but on the first sip i could tell i had grabbed something much thicker and much more alcoholic. This beer pours a dark brown, blackish color with a thin tanned and orange head which dissipated quickly and left an oily lacing on my glass. The aroma was alcoholic, sherry, brandy, oak, wood, chocolate, and cinammon hints with a touch of smoke. The flavor is full bodied, oily and thick with smoky chocolates, almonds, alcohol, and a hint of cherries and raspberries. I also detect some licorice flavors here...surprisingly thick beer, heavily carbonated for an imperial stout. Dry roasted finish, malty but grainy... very well executed beer, some bitterness in the long-finish...i finally found the hops!
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
After drinking a case of this over the last several months, I canít believe I havenít rated it. Nice blood and chrome aroma with complexities of soy sauce, liquid smoke and vanilla extract. Flavor is licorice, vanilla bean, burnt sugar, kettle corn and sizzling steak. Appearence is black with luciously dark brown shallows. It warms the face and esophagus. Palate is easy and clean yet lingering with sweet char and potent hoppy excellence. One of my favorites.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2008 #100 I wanted this to be special so I went down to the brewery cause there drafts taste so much better, This is the best tasting stout iíve had so far, first thing I said was it like coffee with alcohol, taste was coffee with some slight chocolate to it and this went down smooth and fast, was craving for more but it was a little pricey at $4/ 10 oz., but I think I might go back today for happy hour.
Finally update almost 2 1/2years later. Black pour, medium almond head that fades away. Aroma of coffee, and roasted malts mainly. Flavor is coffee with bittersweet chocolate up front, with oats and caramel malts in the background. Pretty sweet but mixed with the bitter chocolate and roasted malts really works and the coffee stays around the whole time. Hops are up there with what seems like northern brewers really fresh and leafy. Almost a smokiness in the finish as well after you taken a break in between sips. I just love everything about this beer, itís so damn cloying and just addicting I keep feeling the need to sip more. Warming alcohol is perfect for the winter or sitting inside with the a/c on full blast when its 90 outside. Maybe itís because Iím from Cleveland, maybe itís because this was the first Imperial Stout I had and maybe itís because I actually lived through the Blackout of 2003, but this will always be one of my favorites and Iím not changing a thing from my first rating.
Spliffy (55) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I blacked out, what do I know!!! Just kidding! Great Stout. Lots of sweet dark chocolate and cocoa buds and it warms me up a bit. Beautiful dark colorand taste. Maybe more towards a heavy porter then stout.
heemer77 (5078) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very large light brown head. Very dark black body. Aroma is the expected coffee and some notes of grass. Also some leather and sweat. The taste is dominated by the roasted coffee. This also has notes of cola and dark chocolate. This is a very good and relatively light impy stout. A light creamy mouthfeel. Thanks MrFacto.
shadey (1846) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 Black pour with a thin tan head. Rich heavy aroma. Smooth mouthfeel. Bitter Chocolate flavor. Very nice. 8/4/8/4/18
RERATE: Black pour with only a tan ring. Aroma is black licorice and chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is rich and chocolatey with very manageable alcohol. Deliciously smooth.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Best Before Date of May 29, 04...I should be cautious...this could be bad. Nope. Still in good shape. Not as oily and thick as many imps when poured but it is definitely black and has a thin, tan head. Aroma is molasses, dark fruit, milk, milk chocolate, with charcoal in the background and an overriding gritty, warm, toasty, nutty malt character. The same malt character is in the flavor but is complemented by sweetness, caramel and milk chocolate but lacking charcoal, espresso, or any big roast flavors. Rather thin and overly sweet. A dissappointment for me.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black out light is what this does, nothing penetrates its oily blackish body. Grows a very thin cocoa brown cap thats foamy thick and thins out slowly leaving a slight skim and a good collar. Lace is thin and subsides some glaring oily spots but mostly a small curtain sticking close to the collaring is what continues to keep.
Aroma is of fresh coffee with tiny bits of chocolate and maintains a roasty deepness.
Taste is roasty, semi-heavy in the front, heavier as it goes with chocolate depositing hints as the roasty black malts and coffee sooth their way across the palate. Darker fruit notes of raisin and plum supersede some empty areas where the roast and coffee miss. Some darker toffee too. Its got a good hold from front to back thats quite nice to undertake. Finishes complex with a slight drying mix of piney burnt hop flavor, more roast, some dark fruit notes, and slight coffee. Overall, quite soothing and smooth with just a nudge of alcoholic warmth after each sip and/or gulp.
Feel is favorable in smoothness, not quite as thick as I wanted, but clean, slightly oily/creamy, roasty, and well bodied in about a medium/heavy porter sense. Great finisher with a heavy set return and warmth.
Drinkable and dangerously so. Gone from my glass quickly with this stuff. So smooth and inviting with nice rich flavors that arenít, either, to heavy or to shy, its nearly perfect in that regards. It gains a heavier hold as it wavers off after each sip. A good quality to have; has that nice heavy return of chocolate and roast thats killer to just cinder in your throat. A fine Imperial stout.